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Behold: the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Venus lined up – a complete coincidence, but not by coincidence. To wit:

…all of the planets orbit the Sun in (nearly) a single sheet called the plane of the ecliptic. When viewed from inside that plane — as Earth dwellers are likely to do — the planets all appear confined to a single band. It is a coincidence, though, when three of the brightest planets all appear in nearly the same direction. Such a coincidence was captured about a month ago. Featured above, Earth’s Moon, Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter were all imaged together, just before sunrise, from the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria. A second band is visible diagonally across this image — the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy. If you wake up early, you will find that these same planets remain visible in the morning sky this month, too.

(Image: Mihail Minkov)


An incredible composite image by astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy combining telescopic photographs of the planets, our moon, the sun and the International Space Station lined up against the backdrop of the Milky Way.

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The Midnight Planetarium Timepiece (don’t call it a watch) by Van Cleef & Arpels and Christiaan Van Der Klaauw features six ‘planets’ made of semi-precious stones.

The ‘planets’ rotate according to their actual solar years: Mercury goes round every 88 days, Venus: every 224 days, Earth: every 365 days, Mars: every 687 days, Jupiter: every 12 years and Saturn: every 29 years.

Uranus and Neptune are excluded because they take so long (84 and 164 years respectively) to orbit the sun, they would appear stationary on the dial.

Choose your lucky day and the Earth will align with the painted star to signify it.

Unveiled at the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva after three years of development, the timepiece is available to buy for a mere €180,000 and charge.